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Ford Working on New Crossover to Take On the Subaru Outback?

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Ford is said to be working on a new midsize crossover that would take direct aim at the Subaru Outback and similar models. The utility model would replace three existing models in the automaker’s European portfolio, the Mondeo, the S-Max and the Galaxy, but it would also be sold in North America.

This is according to sources cited by Autocar magazine.

The new model is said to be essentially a wagon on high legs, a pretty accurate description of the Outback as well. It will, according to the sources, sit on Ford’s C2 modular platform and could accommodate several different powertrains - including a diesel version and a gasoline-powered one using a 48-volt hybrid system.

Rumours are also referring to the possibility of Ford repurposing the Fusion name for the new crossover. A spokesperson for the company said only that the nameplate resonates strongly with many consumers, while of course refusing to confirm Ford’s plans for the new model.

Whether this particular rumour is well-founded or not, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing more SUVs from the Blue Oval manufacturer, given that the company killed virtually all of its cars in North America. We’ve seen the reborn Ranger appear, we’re waiting on the new Bronco, and there’s the much-teased electric SUV based on the Mustang in the pipeline. But more will be needed if Ford is to complete its transformation to an all-truck-and-SUV brand.

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